Daily Archives: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Refugee Studies Centre: Palestine Refugees and International Law Short Course

Palestine Refugees and International Law
Date: 12:00am, Friday, March 15, 2013 – 12:00am, Saturday, March 16, 2013
Presenter/Convenor: Professor Dawn Chatty and Dr Susan M Akram
Location: The British Institute, 102 Uhod Street, Tla’ Al-Ali, Amman, Jordan


This two-day short course places the Palestinian refugee case study within the broader context of the international human rights regime. It examines, within a human rights framework, the policies and practices of Middle Eastern states as they impinge upon Palestinian refugees. Through a mix of lectures, working group exercises and interactive sessions, participants engage actively and critically with the contemporary debates in international law and analyse the specific context of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza and Israel).

The short course commences with the background of the Palestinian refugee crisis, with special attention to the socio- political historical context and legal status of Palestinian refugees in the region. This is followed by a careful examination of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including its philosophical underpinnings and ensuing human rights instruments in international law. The key themes, which have taken centre stage in the debate on the Palestinian refugee crisis, are statelessness, right of return, repatriation, self-determination, restitution compensation and protection. These themes are critically examined along with current discussions about the respective roles of UNRWA, UNHCR and the UNCCP in the Palestinian refugee case.


Professor Dawn Chatty is University Professor in Anthropology and Forced Migration and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. She is a social anthropologist and has conducted extensive research among Palestinian and other forced migrants in the Middle East. Some of her recent works include Children of Palestine: Experiencing Forced Migration in the Middle East (ed. with Gillian Lewando-Hundt), Berghahn Press, 2005, and Dispossession and Displacement in the Modern Middle East, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Professor Susan M Akram is Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Law, teaching immigration law, comparative refugee law, and international human rights law She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC (JD), and the Institut International des Droits de l‘Homme, Strasbourg (Diploma in international human rights). She is a past Fulbright Senior Scholar in Palestine, teaching at Al-Quds University/ Palestine School of Law in East Jerusalem.


Cost: £350

Maximum twenty-five spaces

Complete the online application form

For further information contact: Heidi El-Megrisi Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TB, United Kingdom

Tel: 01865 281728/9 Email: rsc-outreach@qeh.ox.ac.uk


CMRB Event: Youth Work, Critical Inclusion and Transversal Dialogue

CMRB (Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging) (University of East London) is pleased to announce the following event:

Youth Work, Critical Inclusion and Transversal Dialogue

It will take place in EB.G.10, East Building, Docklands Campus, University of East London (http://www.uel.ac.uk/campuses/docklands/)

Wednesday 13th February 2013, 2-4pm

The workshop will host a delegation from the EU ‘Youth in Action – Democracy Project’ led by Bengt Persson from the municipality of Lund, Sweden. It will provide an opportunity for scholars, activists and members of statuary and voluntary organizations engaged in similar activities to discuss the project’s results and their political and policy implications.

The event is free but places are limited, so reserve your place as soon as possible. RSVP to Jamie Hakim, CMRB administrator (j.hakim@uel.ac.uk)

A description of the project:

Bangol Including Festigress is an EU “Youth in Action – democracy project” for counties in the Baltic Sea Region. The purpose was to bring young people together from Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany and Sweden to discuss and explore inclusion and border crossing (transversal) dialogues. The project motto was: Youngsters, who learn together, learn to live together.

Nira Yuval-Davis, CMRB Director



Call for Papers: University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference, Future Lawyer’s Tackling Tomorrow’s Legal Challenges, 4th July 2013

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool is pleased to announce its inaugural International Postgraduate Legal Conference and invites applications to present.

The theme of the conference – Future Lawyers Tackling Tomorrow’s Legal Challenges – provides a rare opportunity for promising postgraduate students to showcase their research into pressing national and international legal issues and to discuss their ideas for tackling these challenges with a highly-skilled, receptive audience of fellow postgraduates, early career researchers, established academics legal practitioners and members of civil society.

Contributions from all areas of the law are welcomed.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is: Friday 22nd March

Submissions can be made using the Abstract of Submissions Form (http://www.liv.ac.uk/media/livacuk/law-and-social-justice/Submission_of_Abstract_Form.docx) to law.postgrad-conference@liv.ac.uk

More information can be found at http://www.liv.ac.uk/law/events/event/44249/instance_id/56165

Further enquiries can be made to law.postgrad-conference@liv.ac.uk

Call for Papers: Complexities and Challenges in Afghan Migration Research and Policy Event, 8-9 April 2013, Brussels

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

The Event

The IS Academy Migration and Development: A World in Motion project is hosting a two-day event on Afghan migration. The first day of the event will focus on the state-of-the-art in research on migration from and in Afghanistan. The second day will be a policy debate on return migration to Afghanistan and unaccompanied minors in Europe from Afghanistan. The results of the first day will inform the discussions at the policy debate on the second day.

Day 1: Research Day

Afghanistan has been host to the largest refugee crisis in the history of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. Over six million refugees have returned to the country since 2001. Although refugee movements have subsided, migration to and from Afghanistan has continued in various forms. Today, the largest number of unaccompanied minors in European states originates from Afghanistan, labour flows to Iran from Afghanistan have continued at high rates, and irregular movements continue as Afghans continue to seek to migrate to Europe. There are many questions for the future of migration to and from Afghanistan, and with the removal of the NATO troops and a possible increase in insecurity in the country, it is reasonable to assume that migration flows will only increase.  At the same time, the policy response has been focused on return – whether the voluntary repatriation of refugees, the voluntary return of other migrants through temporary or permanent schemes, assisted or non-assisted, and through enforced returns or deportations. How can these seemingly conflicting trends be understood and appraised?

This event seeks to bring together scholars, policy makers, and other interested parties to discuss the current state-of-the-art in migration to and from Afghanistan. Topics to be covered include:

•       Temporary and permanent return migration

•       Assisted Voluntary Return

•       Unaccompanied minors

•       Regional migration dynamics

•       Circular migration

•       Asylum and Refugees

•       The role of UN agencies, international and national NGOs

•       Afghan diaspora and transnationalism

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of up to 250 words are to be submitted by 8 February 2013.

Notifications of acceptance by 28 February 2013.

Please send a paper title and abstract, including your name, title, and institution to:  migration-mgsog@maastrichtuniversity.nl<mailto:migration-mgsog@maastrichtuniversity.nl>

For more information please visit:  http://mgsog.merit.unu.edu/ISacademie/afghan_migration/

Day 2: Policy Day

The policy debate will consist of invited speakers from governments and research institutes in the EU region, civil society and international organizations. The central question of the policy event is: In what way should there be EU-Afghan cooperation in the field of asylum and migration?

Participants from the research day are welcome to attend the policy day and are encouraged to participate in the open forums. A more detailed agenda for the policy day will be posted on the above website soon.

IS Academy: Migration and Development Project The IS Academy: Migration and Development Project is a five year study funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that focuses on evidenced based research for policy making. The project focuses on the five countries of: Afghanistan, Burundi, Ethiopia and Morocco, and these four groups in the Netherlands. In 2011, a survey was administered by the University of Maastricht’s Graduate School of Governance and its research partner, Samuel Hall Consulting (http://www.samuelhall.org/), with 2000 households in Afghanistan on migration and development for this project. Some of the results from this survey will be presented and shared at the conference.



Call for papers: “Environmentally Induced Displacement”

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

This special issue will explore the phenomenon of environmentally induced displacement (EID).  From climate change to extractive industries, from ‘natural’ disasters to increased urbanization, from conservation to mega-projects, landscapes and peoples’ place on them are being transformed at an unprecedented scale across the globe.  We suggest that these as well as many other processes provoke specific forms of environmentally induced displacement and forced migration, confronting communities with the loss of their land and other vital resources.  Many of the most affected groups are often vulnerable to begin with, lacking secure rights and access to resources and to formal recourse once these are jeopardized.  This special issue explores the phenomenon of EID through both conceptual as well as empirical work.  We invite submissions that address a range of questions such as: What constitutes environmental displacement?  What practices and discourses help to organize and rationalize these processes?  What are the demographic impacts of environmental displacement?  How have various local and international actors responded to environmentally induced displacement?  What are some of the definitional debates regarding ‘environmental refugees’ and their place within the international protection system?

Successful submissions may come from a wide range of conceptual backgrounds concerned with environmentally induced displacement. A variety of research interests will be explored with the objective of providing theoretical and practical insights on matters such as adaptation and internal coping strategies, livelihoods and sustainable development, prevention prospects, disaster risk management, regional concerns, cross-border legal implications, humanitarian responses, state action and inaction, and environmentally induced versus other forms of displacement (e.g. conflict, developmental, etc).

Contributions may be submitted either in English or French and will be published in the language of submission. They should generally not exceed 7500 words, or 30 double-spaced pages, and must be typed and submitted in electronic form. All submissions are subject to a double-blind peer review process by independent experts. Shorter papers, including commentaries and book reviews, are also welcome. REFUGE adheres to the Chicago Manual of Style for social science papers and to the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation for papers in the legal discipline. Papers must be prepared with full citation endnotes rather than with a bibliography. Papers should include an abstract of approximately 100-150 words, highlighting the central arguments and/or findings of the paper. Papers should also include 1-2 sentences indicating institutional affiliation. Comme indiqué ci-dessus, nous publions également des articles en français. Le format doit être conforme aux normes exigées pour les articles rédigés en anglais.

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2013

To make a submission please e-mail Tanya Mpala at refuge@yorku.ca


Call for papers: Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration, “Women, Water and Migration”

Source: Forced Migration Discussion List.

Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration is seeking submissions for its upcoming issue on Women, Water and Migration.

Women and girls are disproportionately and uniquely impacted by Africa’s shifting physical and social environment. Across the continent freshwater resources are depleting at an alarming rate. From the ongoing ecological crisis in Lake Chad to the decline in biodiversity along the Nile River, these environmental changes are placing a great strain on the health, security and economic wellbeing of the populations that are sustained by them. The chronic water shortages and concomitant environmental shifts have contributed to the ongoing phenomenon of environmental migration, which has its own socio-ecological consequences for Africa’s women.

The upcoming Women, Water and Migration issue of Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration will explore a gender-based analysis of the impact of water shortages and environmentally induced migration throughout the continent by exploring the complex relationship between water resources, population movement, and women.

We seek submissions of articles, book and film reviews, and creative pieces that critically explore these and other questions:

•           What impact do these environmental shifts have on population movement?

•           How does the migration-climate nexus affect women and gender relations?

•           How has the declining water supply affected the movement of African women locally, nationally and globally? What impact does this have on the environment?

•           What community resources exist to allow people to cope with the changing environment?

•           In what ways have women responded to climate change and how might a women’s rights agenda address global warming and water scarcity?

Articles must be original and should not be under consideration by another publication at the time of submission. All submissions should be emailed to mojubaolu@gmail.com by Friday, March 22, 2013. Articles should be between 20-25 pages long. They should be accessible and jargon-free. All submissions will be independently refereed. Accepted articles must conform to Ìrìnkèrindò: A Journal of African Migration style requirements. Please see submission guidelines: (http://www.africamigration.com/).